Drilon included in Sandra Cam's 'pork scam' list

By Dharel Placido, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at May 16 2014 12:35 PM | Updated as of May 16 2014 08:35 PM

MANILA -- Whistleblowers Association of the Philippines President Sandra Cam on Friday claimed that Senate President Franklin Drilon is included in her copy of the list of people allegedly involved in the pork barrel scam.

Cam said Drilon was the only senator in her list which was not present in the signed list of Napoles given to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and the unsigned version given to former Senator and now rehabilitation czar Panfilo Lacson.

Cam said her list also contains the names of 82 former and incumbent members of the House of Representatives.

''May bawas doon sa sinumite ni Secretary de Lima na pirmado ni Janet Napoles at [sa isinumite ni] Secretary Lacson,'' Cam told dzMM.

''Senador po ang nawala. Sa gabinete, ang nakalabas kasi doon, congressman pa si Abad at Alcala, nasa listahan din namin. Pero sa senador, ang nawawala eh si Drilon,'' she added, referring to Budget Secretary Butch Abad and Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala.

In earlier interviews, Cam said she got the list from an unimpeachable source. She said the list in her possession named 16 senators. Of the 16, Cam said, three have been indicted for plunder, 3 are former senators, and 10 are incumbent.

Cam also earlier accused Drilon, through his alleged emissary, agrarian reform official Alex Almario, of attempting to silence her.

Drilon earlier denied that he is included in the so-called Napoles list of lawmakers linked to the pork barrel scam.

He confirmed that Napoles is a "social acquaintance" but denied ever having professional dealings with her.

"I had no professional dealings with her at all. I never assigned a single peso of my PDAF entitlement to her...She is a social acquaintance but I never, never had any dealings with her insofar as my PDAF is concerned," he said in an interview on ANC's Headstart.

Senate Blue Ribbon Committee chairman Teofisto ''TG'' Guingona III on Thursday revealed the signed list, which was produced by de Lima upon orders from the upper chamber.

Napoles' signed list is the same as the one submitted by Senator Panfilo Lacson. However, there are other names, handwritten by Napoles, that have been added to the list.

The senators included in Napoles' signed list are Ramon Revilla Jr., Jinggoy Estrada, Juan Ponce Enrile, Vicente Sotto III, Loren Legarda, Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, Manny Villar, Alan Peter Cayetano, Gringo Honasan, Francis Escudero and the late Robert Barbers.

Although Drilon's name did not appear in both the lists submitted by De Lima and Lacson, he was listed in pork barrel scam whistleblower Benhur Luy's records as one of the 25 senators who have had transactions with Napoles.

Details of Luy's pork barrel transaction records were first reported by the Philippine Daily Inquirer. The files from which the reports were based were copied from the hard disk drive that Luy's parents supposedly gave to the major daily.

Luy's lawyer Raji Mendoza, however, said the whistleblower could not authenticate the contents of the hard drive. Mendoza said Luy’s parents were not the ones who gave the hard drive to the newspaper.

Drilon has signed a subpoena for Luy to produce the reported digital files and turn it over to the Senate Blue Ribbon committee.